This thread should offer some good info for you. Spend the $80-$90 on a shim kit and do it yourself...it's really not that tough.Hey Vulcan900, have you or NewRoadie ever had valves adjusted on those 900's with that kind of mileage? Just curious, cause I have 12k on mine and everything seems to be doing fine. But I have heard that I think around 16k you should have them checked. Also read on this forum that some have gone 26k and up to 34k w/o any valve check or adjustment. Just wondering if they will go more than 16k w/o any problems. Trying to keep from spending that $400 to $600 for nothing, if no adjustment is really needed.
I checked my valves at 16,000 miles. I am an auto mechanic and pretty anal about my bike, as in I don't trust most mc techs yet. I find that when I know more about the bike than my tech, there is a problem. BTW, I may have found a tech that knows enough that I may let them actually do something to my bike . . .Hey Vulcan900, have you or NewRoadie ever had valves adjusted on those 900's with that kind of mileage? . . . .
After doing my last inspection myself I find it hard to believe that they were all still in spec. Think you got lied to. They aren't hard to do. I set them to the higher side of the specs when I could. At 30K only 2 were still in spec. Supposively only was one out at 15K when I let the dealer do it.I was told everything was in spec.
I paid almost $600 to have the valve clearance checked at 16,000 miles along with a brake fluid and coolant change, new plugs, air filter, and cables lubed. I was told everything was in spec. but have started to wonder as there is a lot of valve clatter. I understand that all engines that have solid tappets/lifters require some play and will tap, but man this thing gets loud when it’s hot. After seeing some of the write-ups on here about how to do the job I will probably have a look-see myself before the next scheduled interval. Just need to find the time.
I also have about 12,000 of my own miles on the V2K (purchased with about 6,000 on the clock). So that's about 32,000 in two years... and maybe 1,000 on my Jeep.